“well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does”
When it was subsequently pointed out that abortion is actually well under 5% of what Planned Parenthood does, Kyl’s office released a statement saying that:
“his remark was not intended to be a factual statement”
Right. That makes sense. So why did he make this ‘not factual’ statement? I mean, shouldn’t an elected politician be a little more responsible? Can we all go around saying things that aren’t true? Apparently, so long as we don’t intend them to be factual statements. Is that the new standard?
UPDATE: Someone in the comments has suggested that Kyl’s statement was meant to be rhetorical. I don’t know if I buy that argument. Are you supposed to use rhetorical statements during political discussions? Surely the whole point of a political debate is… to debate?!?!? Plus, rhetorical statements that aren’t based on fact can still be challenged.